REPORTS that a person on a spit could get cut off by the tide near Ryde this morning (Sunday) prompted a Coastguard response.

Bembridge Coastguard Rescue Team and Bembridge RNLI lifeboat were sent at 8am, following a 999 call received from a member of the public.

The person was able to make their own way back to shore, where safety advice was given.

Piers Stanbury, HM Coastguard, said: “The person who called 999 and asked for the Coastguard did exactly the right thing, we would always urge people to call us if they think someone is in difficulty along the coast or out at sea, even if they are unsure – we would much rather be called than not.

“Tides never stop coming in or going out, and it’s not always in a straight line either.

“They are often very fast-moving and can ‘sneak in’ behind you, leaving you and your loved ones cut off and in danger. 

“Even if you know the area well, you can get caught out.

“If you’re heading out to the coast today, please check the weather and the tide times before you head out, and remember in an emergency at the coast call 999 and ask for the Coastguard.”